Ontario introducing support program for jurors

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announces new Ontario support program for jurors. Andrew Vaughan/File/The Canadian press. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

TORONTO – Ontario is introducing a support program for jurors who feel they need counselling after sitting on a trial or coroner’s inquest.

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says that while being a juror can be a rewarding and positive experience, some trials can be traumatic.

Under the new program, jurors can get counselling in person, over the phone, by teleconference or over email.

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Jurors can call a hotline at 1-844-JUROR-ON after their service is finished or make a request for support from the presiding judge or coroner while a case is ongoing.

Four one-hour counselling sessions will initially be offered, but if the juror feels they need more, they can get up to four more free sessions.

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Previously, the province would cover costs of counselling for jurors only when a judge made a specific order for it.

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